Were it presented solely in prose paragraphs, this exemplary adviser would be much shorter than it is. Instead, its first four chapters, which proceed through the stages of dealing with Alzheimer's disease and their effects on the caregiver, take the form of free verse. The device doesn't make poetry of the text but does give it greater weight, just as the same kind of text display gives weight to the words in advertisements. Rabbi Grollman, author of these four chapters, is a seasoned writer on dealing with life crises; his words--simple, realistic, reassuring--merit the burden laid on them by the verselike presentation. This is excellent counsel, full of phrases that many may take as watchwords as they cope with an Alzheimer's-afflicted loved one. To Grollman's chapters, research physician Kosik adds one of questions and answers about the disease and its sufferers. An annotated resource list concludes. Ray Olson
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A unique combination of sensitive spiritual support and up-to-date factual knowledge. —Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D., Harvard Medical School
"As one of millions who has suffered with a family member struck by Alzheimer's, I welcome this book's solace and advice for others on this difficult journey. While we hope and fight for a cure that lies in the future, it is also important to deal with the present-and this fine book is here to help." —Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (Democrat, West Virginia)
"Simple, realistic, reassuring. . . . This is excellent counsel." —Ray Olson, Booklist